If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably noticed your dog munching on grass more than once; some never do it, some might do it all the time.  Fortunately, most veterinary experts say grass munching isn’t anything to be concerned about.  So why do dogs eat grass anyways?

Surprisingly, dogs are not carnivores, but they’re not complete omnivores, either.  Since the beginning of existence, dogs have been opportunistic scavengers and ate anything in sight, as long as it fulfilled their basic dietary needs.  Of course, we all know that dogs don’t have the eating habits of their ancestors, mostly due to evolution and domestication, therefore, dogs today seek out different foods, they eat grass because it’s closest at hand and that’s what their instinct tells them to eat. 

Now that you know the answer to why do dogs eat grass, maybe you’re wondering why they also tend to throw it up afterward?  Dogs can’t tell us when they have a gassy or upset stomach, so they seek out natural remedies to help make themselves feel better.  When consumed, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining which may cause your dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped instead of chewed. 

As mentioned above, the majority of experts see no danger in letting your dog eat grass.  In fact, grass contains essential nutrients for dogs.  If your dog is on a commercial diet, it is likely that he may be deficient in certain nutrients that he needs.  If this is the case, you may want to talk a veterinarian about introducing cooked vegetables into his diet.

Although grass eating usually isn’t a huge problem, it actually might be a sign of an underlying illness.  You will want to take your dog to a veterinarian if the grass munching becomes a problem.  There’s also a possibility that your dog eats grass because he is bored which you can curb by making sure he gets enough exercise and gets plenty of attention. You may also want to get him some interactive dog toys to help keep his attention.

If your dog likes to eat grass, make sure that the grass in your yard is safe and doesn’t contain pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals that could harm your pet.  Fertilizers are actually a top cause of pet poisoning and you can prevent this by keeping your dog away from them. 

 

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